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Includes some of Icelands most exciting activities such as snorkeling, river rafting & much more

This all-in-one adventure combo tour gives you the ultimate Iceland experience with a great range of amazing activities and almost too many highlights to list!

This all-in-one adventure combo tour gives you the ultimate Iceland experience with a great range of amazing activities and almost too many highlights to list!

Caving Glacier-Hiking Geysir Hiking Horse-Riding Hot-Spring Rafting Snorkeling

This is Arctic Adventure’s best value and most amazing Iceland adventure package! You will quite simply see and experience all of South and South East Iceland’s most treasured sights and activities in six extraordinary activity packed days. If you want the most exciting time ever this is the tour for you.


  • Availability

    Jun. - Sept.

  • Duration

    6 days

  • Duration Overwrite

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  • Pickup


  • Meet on location


  • Min. Age

    12 years

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  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    119.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Hiking in Landmannalaugar geothermal wonderland
Bathing in Landmannalaugar hot pool
Snorkeling in Silfra fissure
Lava caving
Hot springs & Horseback riding
Golden Circle (Thingvellir, Gullfoss, Geysir)
Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Skógafoss waterfall
Reynisfjara black sand beach
Jökulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Diamond Beach
River Rafting in Hvita River
Whale Watching
Blue Lagoon
Transfers with pick-up from Reykjavik
Guided Golden Circle sightseeing tour in minibus
All listed activities
All necessary equipment for each activity
Entrance to the Blue Lagoon
Excellent guides for each activity

This tour package offers a combination of multiple day tours from Reykjavík.

Landmannalaugar Nature reserve
Difficulty level: Moderate
This tour will take you hiking in the incredibly beautiful Landmannalaugar Nature Reserve in the highlands, only accessible with 4×4 vehicles. The vibrantly colored rhyolite and soft sand colored peaks of the mountains offer some really unique scenery. Bathe in the geothermal hot spring pool as steam rises serenely around you. The total hiking distance is approximately 8-10 km.

Snorkeling in Silfra & Lava caving
Difficulty level: Moderate
The exceptionally clear water within the Silfra fissure in Thingvellir National Park is just one reason why this is a world famous dive. You will actually be diving in the fissure between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. Silfra is the only place in the world where you can do this. This has to be one of the coolest experiences in Iceland. Have no worries, we provide a top quality drysuit to keep you warm and comfortable! Iceland is often talked about as the land of Ice and fire. There are dozens of earthquakes every day and much of the land consists of huge lava fields, never letting us forget this is one of the most volcanically active places on earth. The lava tube caves we will visit on our caving tours were formed when liquid lava flowed in high volume beneath a hardening surface, these incredible tubes are just perfect for exploring! Lava tubing will show you a different angle on Iceland. Walk in the speleologist’s shoes and explore these magnificent natural formations just beneath the surface.

Hot spring hunt & Horseback riding
Difficulty level: Moderate
Our Hot Spring Hunt trail to Reykjadalur Valley in Hveragerði begins just 40 minutes out of Reykjavík. This easy hike provides a rare opportunity to see every type of hot spring Iceland has to offer. There is a natural hot spring river at the end of the valley where you can enjoy bathing. Ride an Icelandic horse, the isolation of Iceland has preserved the purity of the breed since the time of settlement nearly 1150 years ago. These sure-footed, small but strong horses have an additional kind of ambling gait, known as tölt. Tölt like a Viking!

South Coast Sightseeing & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Difficulty level: Easy
This trip will take you to the beautiful south coast of Iceland with stops at all of the highlight including the stunning waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss along with the stunning Reynisfjara beach.
We will also take you to the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull. It covers over 8100 km2 and has around 30 outlet glaciers. Vatnajökull National Park, founded in 2008, is now the largest protected area in Europe, incorporating the Skaftafell National Park and Jökulsárgljúfur Nature Reserve.  The National Park has highly prized natural marvels: huge glacial rivers, stunning canyons, beautiful glacier lagoons and impressive waterfalls. Numerous outlet glaciers extend to the south: Falljökull; Breiðamerkurjökull; and Öræfajökull home to Iceland´s peak, Hvannadalshnúkur, to name but a few. The epic iceberg filled lagoon in South East of Iceland covers about 18 km². The icebergs calve off from Breiðamerkurjökull, a tongue of Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe. The unforgettable scenes here will stay with you forever. Scenes of the James Bond movies Die Another Day, A View to Kill and also Lara Croft Tomb Raider were filmed here, so don´t be surprised if you have a deja vu moment! The nearby coal black Diamond Beach, where some of these icebergs are washed ashore, is an absolute stunner. Remember your camera!

Golden Circle Sightseeing & River Rafting
Difficulty level: Easy
The famous Golden Circle route contains three outstanding natural phenomena. The geothermal area, Geysir, home of the original erupting hot spring, from which the English word to describe this activity, “geyser”, is taken. Nowadays, a nearby geysir, Strokkur, is the one to watch. The magnificent sight of superheated water exploding high into the air every few minutes is not to be missed. Next, there is Gullfoss (the Golden Waterfall) – an amazing sight. The waters of the powerful Hvítá (the White River) power through the canyon, dropping 32 m in two stages with breathtaking power and grandeur. Last but not least, is the Þingvellir National Park. UNESCO listed Þingvellir as a World Heritage Site due to its exceptional history and geology. It is the birthplace of Alþingi, one of the earliest parliaments in the world, founded in 930 CE. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge runs through Þingvellir, creating a dramatic rift valley.  The largest lake in Iceland, Þingvallavatn, is also to be found at Þingvellir. Our rafting base camp, located at Drumboddstaðir, is the starting point of our rafting tours near Gullfoss canyon. The Hvítá river provides a balanced blend of beautiful, steep canyons and adrenaline pumping rapids. You will raft through the magnificent Brúarhlöð Canyon, there is also the option of jumping from a cliff into the river. We provide a wetsuit, life vest, helmet and a paddle. Our safety kayakers will be next to the rafting boat. The base camp facilities include hot showers and sauna, together with refreshments and a bar – perfect to enjoy after your rafting trip.

Whale Watching & A visit to the Blue Lagoon
Difficulty level: Easy
We most often see Minke Whales, Humpback Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises. Our qualified guides provide a lot of information so you can learn all about the wildlife as you travel across Faxaflói Bay. Weather and sea conditions play a big role in what we see – we will always put you in the best place to see whales, often not more than 15 km from the harbor. Special suits are provided but we advise you to come with warm clothes, hats, scarves and gloves etc. Hot drinks and soup are available from the onboard café. The iconic Blue lagoon is the first things that come to mind for a lot of people when they think about Iceland, it is a ‘must-do’. The lagoon is filled with natural geothermal water which has flowed up through the lava making it extremely silica and mineral-rich. The water will leave your skin silky smooth.  Doctors in Iceland send patients with psoriasis and eczema to the Blue Lagoon Clinic to bathe in these waters. Allow the soothing waters and lava scenery to wash over you!

Once we receive your booking for the 6 day Summer Package our sales agents will book all of the activities included in the package and send you a separate email containing your itinerary and vouchers for each activity.
It is important that you inform us where you will be staying in Iceland so that we can arrange the pick up service accordingly.

Pick up & drop off times:
Landmannalaugar Hiking Tour: 7 am, back approx. 9-10 pm.
Hot Spring Hunt & Horseback Riding: 8 am, back approx. 5 pm.
South Coast & Jokulsarlon: 8 am, back approx. 11:30 pm.
Snorkeling in Silfra & Lava Caving:
9 am, back approx. 5 pm.
Golden Circle & Rafting: 8 am, back approx. 5:00 pm
Whale Watching & Blue Lagoon: For the whale watching you will have to meet us at the downtown Reykjavik harbor, no later than 30 minutes prior to your departure. Pick up & departure times for both activities are to be confirmed by one of our agents after booking.

What to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, head-wear, gloves, bathing suit, packed lunch, towel and a change of clothing. Good hiking shoes are recommended.

What if I don’t own the necessary clothing items?
You can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. We do not rent gear from the locations.

If you don’t want to do the whole package these activities can all be done separately:
Landmannalaugar hiking tour
Snorkeling and caving
Hot springs and Horses
South Coast and Glacier lagoon
Golden Circle and Rafting

Please note

Flights, food and accommodation are not included in this tour.

This tour is put together of different adventure tours from Reykjavík, the order of the tours can vary between departures. We will send you the final itinerary once your tour is booked.

Day 1: Landmannalaugar Hiking Trip

Iceland-Landmannalaugar- Laugavegur-hike-trekking

Pick up is offered from authorized pick up points in the downtown Reykjavik area. Exact pick up time to be confirmed by one of our agents after booking.
Please note that the pick up can take up to 30 min.

On our first day, we go to the majestic interior highlands for the Landmannalaugar experience. Explore this unique rhyolite mountain and geothermal hot spring paradise, an absolute wonder for geology enthusiasts and hikers alike. As the colorful mountain peaks surround you will begin to understand why this place is so famous and, indeed, so special. Hiking paths will lead you into the mountains where the magic of Landmannalaugar will unfold before your eyes, red, or green mountain peaks? No, you are not seeing things! This is the real deal, and those vibrant colors are really there! Your knowledgeable guide will explain the formation of this amazing landscape to you.

You must remember your bathing suit and a towel for a dip in one of the great natural hot spring pools of Iceland. With steam billowing from the warm water and nature all around you bathing is so relaxing – there are times when it is good to be less active! On the return drive to Reykjavík you will pass through the highly active volcanic area around the famous volcano mountain, Hekla.

Day Highlights
Hiking in the highlands
Natural hot pool
Hekla mountain
Fjallabak area
Pick up in Reykjavik
Guided Hiking tour with experienced guide
Hot spring bathing

Day 2: Snorkeling and Caving


Pick up starts at 9 am from authorized pick up points in the downtown Reykjavik area.
Please note that the pick up can take up to 30 min.

On the second day of your holiday we explore the hidden magic beneath the surface. We do not have to travel far from Reykjavík to find the lava tube cave, this particular gem is situated between Þingvellir National Park and Laugarvatn.

You are equipped with a safety helmet and a headlamp (miner´s lamp) so you will be able to see the fascinating world which exists not far beneath our feet. Accompanied by a professional and knowledgeable caving guide you will see amazing jagged rock formations, extraordinary colors and geological formations. The cave is quite spacious but there will be times when you need to travel on all-fours, much of the time you can stand tall. Exploring this typical lava tube cave will give you a fascinating insight into the volcanic activities which have shaped Iceland.

Now for a breathtaking snorkeling trip into the ravine between the tectonic plates at Silfra, in the heart of Þingvellir National Park. The clarity of the water within Silfra is unrivaled anywhere in the world. It is the crystal clear underwater views coupled with its location within the Mid-Atlantic Rift which makes Silfra a world top ten dive. It is even better for snorkeling. We provide a good quality drysuit to keep you comfortable. After a quick briefing you are then ready to enter this fascinating and exotic environment. You will discover the kind of scenery which is more often associated with the tropics.

Please note: You will not be able to wear glasses whilst snorkeling, so unless you bring prescription goggles you will need to wear contact lenses. It is also important that you are able to clearly understand instructions given in English. There are some health and fitness requirements for snorkeling, together with size restrictions (drysuit sizes available), please ask about these when you book your tour.


Day Highlights
Thingvellir National Park
Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure
Lava Caving
Snorkeling between the tectonic plates
Pick up in Reykjavik
Snorkeling in Silfra with certified guide
All necessary snorkeling equipment
Lava caving with experienced caving guide
All necessary caving equipment

Day 3: Hot Springs and Horses

Pick up is offered from authorized pick up points in the downtown Reykjavik area. Exact pick up time to be confirmed by one of our agents after booking.
Please note that the pick up can take up to 30 min.

We begin day 3 with a hike to the amazing hot spring area of Reykjadalur valley, Hveragerði. We take a fairly easy but highly rewarding trek through the mountains in an area which is literally riddled with hot springs. Steam can always be seen floating across the hillside from multiple points, creating a mystical appearance and feeling. You will encounter many different kinds of hot spring. Your hiking efforts will take you through splendid scenery to a river where hot spring water blends with a natural cool water source creating a perfect temperature for bathing. So, be certain to remember your bathing suit and a towel! After a replenishing dip you will feel ready for the return hike. Along the way your friendly hiking guide will offer you lots of information about the area and, of course, answer any questions you may have about this highly unusual and fascinating area. Next on the agenda is the Icelandic horse. We are off to the Eldhestar Horse Farm where you will have light refreshments followed by a horse riding trip. This gives you a great chance to get to know the Icelandic horse and its unique abilities and also to explore a little Icelandic farmland.

These horses are among the purest breeds in the world. Brought to Iceland by the settlers who came not far short of 1150 years ago in around 871 CE, the isolation of Iceland helped to keep the breed pure. However, it was obviously important to the early Icelandic people that the purity of the breed was protected. In 982 AD, Alþing, the Icelandic Parliament passed a law forbidding the importation of horses, ruling out any future cross-breeding. These very strong, sturdy but small horses were uniquely suited to the Icelandic terrain and life before the machine age took over, perhaps a little later here than in some other parts of Europe.

Day Highlights
Reykjadalur Valley
Natural Hot Spring
Icelandic horses
Pick up form Reykjavik
Hike through the hot spring area
Bathe in a hot spring river
Horseback riding tour with experienced guide
All necessary horse riding equipment

Day 4: South Coast and Glacier Lagoon

Jokulsarlon glacoer lagoon Iceland

Pick up is offered from authorized pick up points in the downtown Reykjavik area. Exact pick up time to be confirmed by one of our agents after booking.
Please note that the pick up can take up to 30 min.

Today we start our day in Reykjavik. We drive along the south coast towards the stunning waterfall Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall you can walk behind and the surroundings are beautiful.

Our next stop is at the charming area of Skógar where the beautiful waterfall Skógafoss is located. The two waterfalls are both 60 meters in height but very different in power, flow and surrounding scenery. We recommend walking up the right side of the waterfall to see the troll face that stares at the falls. Urban legend says that the troll forgot time staring at this alluring waterfall and turned into stone when sunrise came.

There is much more to come! We travel to one of the most the famous and extraordinary places in Iceland, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. The lagoon is filled with the huge towering, and amazingly shaped icebergs which calve off the retreating Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, another tongue of Vatnajökull. You will be stunned by the blue shades which glitter like precious jewels within these natural ice forms. Blue appears in very old ice due to compression, however, sometimes really bright blues will be seen, these are caused by algae and may appear in young or old ice. With Vatnajökull hovering above you there is ample opportunity to take the most amazing photographs before wandering over to the nearby Diamond Beach. Some of the icebergs are washed up on the dramatic black sands where they glitter like diamonds, a truly amazing sight. There will be a short stop where you can purchase some coffee, and maybe a warm Icelandic waffle with cream and jam before we continue on our journey.

Summer in Iceland means non-stop daylight which means that we still have time to visit the wonderful Reynisfjara black sand beach on our way back. With its volcanic sand and basalt columns it’s slowly getting to be one of the most popular sights along the South Coast. We will be there pretty late so we hope to have it all to ourselves.

After a stroll on the Reynisfjara beach, we head back to Reykjavik and should be back home before midnight.

Day Highlights
Vatnajokull National Park
Virkisjokull glacial river views
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon (Jokulsarlon)
Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Reynisfjara black sand beach
Skógarfoss waterfall
Pick up from Reykjavik
All necessary glacier equipment

Day 5: Golden Circle and Rafting

Gullfoss-waterfall-South Iceland

Pick up starts at 8 am from authorized pick up points in the downtown Reykjavik area.
Please note that the pick up can take up to 30 min.

The morning starts with a visit to the Golden Circle. Gullfoss (the Golden Waterfall) is always surrounded by the golden hued mist which, no doubt, caused it to be so named. A quick visit to the geyser geothermal area to witness Strokkur, propelling boiling water and steam skywards, see if you can feel the moment when Strokkur will explode! Next on the agenda is Þingvellir National Park, the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk through the rugged rift valley and stand in the atmospheric spot where the Law Speaker, the supreme chieftain and legal officer of the land, stood to proclaim the law in ancient times. Today a flag marks the Law Rock (Lögberg), seldom has a great political leader spoken from such a dramatic stage!

We head on to the river rafting base camp at Drumbó, having lunch in the comfortable restaurant (not included) before the action gets underway. Rafting this section of the fast and powerful Hvítá river is both a beautiful and a really exciting adrenaline raising activity. There is a blend of rapids and more peaceful sections where you can take a breath and admire stupendous views. Those who wish to can leap into the river at the magnificent Brúarhlöð Canyon. After your exhilarating river rafting trip there will be time for you to relax in the sauna, take a shower and enjoy a drink or a snack. Then it is back to Reykjavík!



Day Highlights
Gullfoss Waterfall
Geysir Geothermal Area
Thingvellir National Park
Hvítá (the White River)
River Rafting
Hot Sauna
Pick up from Reykjavik
Guided tour in minibus
Visit to the Golden Circle attractions
River rafting on Hvítá (the White River)
Experienced Guide & Safety Kayakers
All necessary rafting equipment

Day 6: Whale Watching and Blue Lagoon


Please note that participants are required to meet up at the Old Reykjavik harbor at least 30 minutes prior to their departure for the whale watching tour. Pick up & departure times for both activities are to be confirmed by one of our agents after booking as entrance times to the lagoon are subject to the availability of the lagoon.

First, an exhilarating whale watching boat trip on the  North Atlantic Ocean. Taste the salt-tang of the open sea as you search for these majestic giants of the deep. We always do our very best to take you to the places where sightings are most likely, whether these are close to the shore or up to 15 km off-shore.  We recommend you to wear warm clothes including headwear, scarves and gloves, even on a warm day it can get surprisingly cool out on the water. Do not forget your sunglasses and sun cream, the sun around Iceland is much more powerful than many people think! We provide a comfortable warm suit, hot drinks and snacks are available from the on-board café.

After you step back onto dry land you will need to make your way to the pick up point you have arranged for your tour to the world famous Blue Lagoon.

Enjoy the scenery as you head through the lava landscapes of this volcanically active peninsula, some lava is resplendent with incredibly vibrant mosses. Immerse yourself in the calm milky mineral and algae rich waters of the lagoon, sheer bliss! With a treasure trove of memories and a wealth of stories to tell in your homeland you return once more to Reykjavík!

*Please note that this itinerary is a drafted itinerary whereas the order of the days may be swapped and you might start with the Whale Watching & Blue lagoon visit and end with the Landmannalaugar Hiking or the Golden Circle & Rafting adventure.

Day Highlights
Whale watching
Reykjavik Downtown Harbor
Blue Lagoon
Pick up from Reykjavik
Whale watching from boat
Entrance to Blue Lagoon
Is accommodation included in this tour?

Accommodation is unfortunately not included in our adventure packages. The packages are combination tours of multiple day tours from Reykjavik. We therefore recommend that travelers interested in our adventure packages book their accommodation in Reykjavik.

What equipment do you provide for the lave tube caving trip?

We provide you with a headlight and a helmet.

For how long are you inside the lava tube cave?

You are in the cave for about 1-1,5 hours.

What should I wear on a lava caving tour in Iceland?

Like always in Iceland, it’s best to dress in layers. A warm layers closest to you preferably wool/thermal underwear, pants sweater and on top waterproof outdoor clothing. We also recommend that you wear good hiking boots and gloves. Jeans have proven to be a bad choice.

Can I bring my camera on my snorkeling tour?

Yes, you can bring a camera, but if it is not waterproof it will get ruined, so we would recommend it is waterproof.

Where is the meeting point for the snorkeling tours at Þingvellir?

If you plan to drive and meet us on location, the meeting point is at the Silfra car park, in Thingvellir National Park.

For GPS: 64°15’23.508″N 21°6’58.676″W.

Note that the National Park charges a small parking fee of 500 ISK.

We kindly ask you to be at the Silfra car park 15 Minutes prior to your tour starts.

Do you offer photos from the snorkeling tour?

Our guides normally have an underwater camera and usually takes photos during the tour. If you are interested in photos please let your guide know before you go to the water. You can then buy the photos from your guide at the end of the tour, for a price of 3 900 ISK, which includes all the photos from that day. Kindly note that photos can not be guaranteed. Our customers safety and wellbeing is our first priority, and therefore it can happen that the guide have to focus on helping the snorkelers in the water instead of taking photos.

Can I wear glasses on a snorkeling tour in Silfra?

Unfortunately glasses don’t create a seal between your face and the mask. We recommend to wear contact lenses instead.

I am pregnant, can I participate in the snorkeling tour?

You are not able to participate in the snorkeling tour if you are pregnant.

Do I need to be able to understand and communicate in English in order to participate in the tour?

Yes, it is important that you can both understand and communicate in English in order to participate in the tour.

Can we do snorkeling and diving at the same time?

Some snorkeling tours match with a dive tour, and then you will be in the same area at the same time. You will however be in separate groups with separate guides, and wont be in the water exactly at the same time

Are there any weight restrictions to participate in the snorkeling tours?
The minimum height is:
  • 150 cm (4’9)
The minimum weight is:
  • 45 kg (99 lbs)

The maximum height is:
  • 200 cm (6’5)
The maximum weight is:
  • 120 kg (265 lbs)
Do I need to know how to swim in order to participate in the tour?

You need to know how to swim independently in order to enjoy this adventure.

What is the best way to prepare for the tour?

All relevant information for the tour can be found in our snorkeling handbook.

What is snorkelling in Iceland like?

When snorkelling in Iceland you will be wearing a dry suit, hood and gloves made of neoprene, along with fins, mask and snorkel. This equipment will make it not only possible, but also very enjoyable, to stay in the water despite the low temperature. It is a fantastic experience.

Do I need any previous experience?

No, you don’t need any previous experience of snorkeling, but it is important that you can swim independently and that you are comfortable in the water.

What clothing should I wear?

Please wear or bring some long underwear, and some warm socks. Wool or fleece is the best material to wear. You will be wearing your long underwear and warm socks under the dry suit.

Will I stay dry in the water?

The idea behind the dry suit is that it should keep your body dry. We are using top quality dry suits from respected manufacturers. It can be good to know that where is always a small risk that water can enter the dry suit. This is not dangerous, but can feel a little cold. We recommend you bring a spare set of clothes and a towel, just in case. Kindly note that your hands and face will get wet, which is completely normal and not actually that cold.

What equipment do you provide?

We provide undergarment and neoprene dry suits from Waterproof and 0’Three. We also provide neoprene hood and neoprene wet gloves to protect your head and hands from the cold. You will also be given fins, mask and snorkel.

How much time do we spend in the water?

It takes about 30-40 minutes to slowly swim through the whole Silfra fissure. Once we reach the exit point you can choose if you want to get out of the water, or if you want to swim around a bit longer.

How many snorkelers will be on each tour?

Our client to guide ratio is one guide for every 6 snorkelers.

Do I have to know how to swim to go on river rafting with Arctic Adventures?

Yes, absolutely, each paddler on a rafting boat has to know how to swim.

What is the minimum age for a participant on a river rafting tour with Arctic Adventures?

On the Gullfoss Canyon Rafting the minimum age is 11 years if accompanied by a guardian.
On the Wonderful West the minimum age is 6 years if accompanied by a guardian.
On the Beast of the East the minimum age is 18 years.
On the 3 Day River Rush the minimum age is 18 years.

Can I bring my camera with me on the raft?

Yes, you can bring your camera if you like, but if it is not waterproof then it will 100% get ruined.

At Drumbó your options are bringing a waterproof camera, renting a GOpro from us or buying a disposable waterproof camera.

At Hafgrímsstaðir your options are bringing a waterproof camera or getting a copy of the photo/photos one of the guides takes during the tour. A photographer/guides is not a guaranteed thing though so should you wish to arrange photos in advance, please let us know and we will make sure to have a photographer along on the trip.

Is there a guide in each river rafting boat?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified river guide in every boat.

How does the river grading system work?


Fast moving water with very small waves and without obstructions. Passages are obvious and easily navigated. Risk to swimmers is slight; self-rescue is easy.


Simple rapids with regular small waves, easy eddies, and gradual bends. Wide, clear channels make navigating easy without scouting. Little manoeuvering is required, and rocks and obstructions are easily avoidable. Rapids that are at the upper end of this difficulty range are designated Class II+.


Rapids with strong currents, large waves, powerful hydraulics, and obstructions that may be difficult to avoid. Controlled manoeuvres are often required to navigate, although passages are simple and have relatively little objective danger. Scouting is advisable for inexperienced parties. Rapids at the lower and upper end of this difficulty range are designated Grade 3- and Grade 3+ respectively.


Difficult yet predictable rapids with large, irregular waves, boiling eddies, powerful hydraulics, steeper gradient, and some unavoidable obstructions. Passages are often difficult to recognize, and require precise boat control and skillful manoeuvering to navigate. Scouting is likely necessary for safe passage, and self-rescue is difficult. Rapids at the lower and upper end of this difficulty range are designated Grade 4- and Grade 4+ respectively.


Long, powerful, obstructed, and unpredictable rapids that expose paddlers to significant danger. Rapids are steep with large, unavoidable waves and major hydraulics, congested chutes, and many obstructions. Complex, demanding routes require precise boat control, “must make” moves, and a high level of mental and physical fitness. What eddies exist may be small, turbulent, and difficult to reach. Scouting is necessary but may be difficult. Swims are dangerous, and rescue is often difficult even for experts. Proper equipment, extensive experience, and practiced rescue skills are essential.


All previous difficulties increased to the absolute limit of practicability, suitable for teams of specially prepared experts only. Runs of this classification are rarely attempted and often exemplify the extremes of difficulty, unpredictability and danger. The consequences of errors are very severe and rescue may be impossible.

What is the Golden Circle tour in Iceland?

The Golden Circle is a name for the very popular sightseeing route that connects Reykjavík with Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir), Geysir Hot Springs and Gullfoss Waterfall. We offer several Golden Circle trips that combine sightseeing with some of our adventure tours.

Do you offer a tour that is solely the Golden Circle?

Yes, we offer the tour Golden Circle small group tour which is basically the Golden Circle with some extra stops. This tour is focusing on sightseeing and the history of Iceland. Our stops are Gullfoss waterfall, Þingvellir national park (home to one of the first parliaments of the world), Geysir hot spring area and the historic Skálholt cathedral. View Golden Circle Tours.

What is the group size on the tours?

All of our tours are small group experiences. We have a maximum of 16 participants on the hut tour and 14 participants on the camping tour.

Is there any drinking water along the trail?

Yes, you can fill your water bottles with tap water at the huts/campsites. It’s perfectly safe to drink. There are also a few streams along the way with safe drinking water, just ask your guide.

Are gaiters necessary?

Gaiters are optional but we always recommend that our participants use them. The weather in Iceland can be quite wet so the trails subsequently get wet as well. They are not necessary but being drenched on a hike when conditions are wet and muddy is very unpleasant. Some rain pants have straps at the bottom which serve a similar purpose as gaiters so if you are equipped with those you don’t need both.

Are hiking poles necessary?

Hiking poles are also optional. The choice of using them or not of course depends on your own personal preference. Note that we do recommend hiking poles if you are used to hiking with them.

All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.

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